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Aug 12, 2013

UK’s Labour tones down criticism of Tesco and Next

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour party toned down its criticism of retailers Tesco (TSCO.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and Next (NXT.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday, a day after it said it planned to accuse them of favoring cheaper workers from Eastern Europe over British employees.

Chris Bryant, a senior lawmaker and the opposition party’s spokesman on immigration, changed the wording of a speech he delivered on Monday morning to water down some criticism and retract some allegations altogether.

Aug 7, 2013

Britain and Spain agree to try to defuse Gibraltar row

LONDON/MADRID, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Britain and Spain agreed on
Wednesday to work together to calm tempers over the contested
British overseas territory of Gibraltar, after the Spanish
government threatened to restrict access to the territory.

A centuries-old conflict over the British outpost boiled
over in late July when boats from Gibraltar dumped concrete
blocks into the sea to make a reef, and Spain created long
delays at the border days later, with lengthy car checks.

Aug 6, 2013

Donor to UK’s Labour: Pledge EU vote or risk backlash

LONDON (Reuters) – British Labour leader Ed Miliband’s chances of beating Prime Minister David Cameron at the next election in 2015 will be weakened unless he too promises a referendum on European Union membership, the party’s biggest donor said.

Millionaire businessman John Mills, who made his fortune through a TV shopping company, is leading a campaign for the centre-left party to give voters their first say on whether Britain should stay in the 28-nation bloc since 1975.

Aug 5, 2013

Gibraltar accuses Spain of ‘saber-rattling’ in diplomatic row

LONDON (Reuters) – Tensions over Gibraltar escalated on Monday when the British territory’s chief minister accused Spain of “saber-rattling” and behaving like North Korea after Madrid floated the idea of a new border crossing fee and airspace controls.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is “seriously concerned” about the situation and has demanded an explanation from the Spanish government about the proposals, his spokesman said.

Aug 4, 2013

From spin doctor to Dr Who: BBC names new Time Lord

LONDON (Reuters) – A British actor best known for playing a foul-mouthed political spin doctor was named on Sunday as the new lead in the BBC’s “Doctor Who”, the long-running science fiction series that has terrified generations of children.

Ending months of speculation, Britain’s public broadcaster said Peter Capaldi, 55, will be the 12th Doctor, a time travelling adventurer who first appeared on screens in 1963.

Jul 24, 2013

Britain’s William and Kate keep world waiting for baby’s name

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate kept the world guessing about the name of their first child as they left hospital to start family life with the future king.

“We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can,” William told reporters outside St Mary’s Hospital in London on Tuesday. “It is the first time we have seen him really, so we are having a proper chance to catch up.”

Jul 24, 2013

William and Kate keep world waiting for baby’s name

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Kate kept the world guessing about the name of their first child as they left hospital to start family life with the future king.

“We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can,” William told reporters outside St Mary’s Hospital in London on Tuesday. “It is the first time we have seen him really, so we are having a proper chance to catch up.”

Jul 22, 2013

Britain’s economy better off inside EU: government study

LONDON (Reuters) – The economic benefits of Britain’s European Union membership outweigh the loss of independence on policy, the government said on Monday in a review that will underpin Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate EU ties and hold a referendum.

Cameron rattled many business leaders, EU members and wider trading partners in January when he promised to claw back powers from Brussels and hold a vote by 2017 on whether to stay inside the 28-nation bloc or leave.

Jul 18, 2013

Britain to review Huawei cyber center to allay security fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will review security at a cyber center in southern England run by China’s Huawei to ensure that the British telecommunications network is protected, the government said on Thursday.

Worries about state eavesdropping of phone data and emails shot up the political agenda last month when former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden disclosed details of Washington’s U.S. PRISM surveillance system.

Jul 18, 2013

Britain to review security at Huawei cyber centre

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Britain will review security at
a cyber centre in southern England run by China’s Huawei
to ensure that the British telecommunications network
is protected, the government said on Thursday.

Worries about state eavesdropping of phone data and emails
shot up the political agenda last month when former U.S.
security contractor Edward Snowden disclosed details of
Washington’s U.S. PRISM surveillance system.